The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has partnered with Native American Seed to help Texas K-12 schools create wildflower demonstration areas on their campuses, enhance existing wildflower plantings or use the seeds in other educationally directed projects.
These “Seed Grants” provide recipients with a gift certificate for $100 to purchase native wildflower seed from Native American Seed.
A short application is required (see below).
Seed Grant Criteria
- Grants are only for Texas elementary, middle and high schools.
- The planting area should be at least 500 square feet (1,000 square feet is recommended). An average pound of wildflower mix easily covers 1,000 square feet.
- Seed Grant recipients agree to submit a project report within one year of the date of the award, including before and after color pictures of the planting area. Students should be involved with development of the report.
- Applicants cannot apply for another grant for the same school during the same school calendar year that the original grant was awarded.
Recommendations for Success
For a Seed Grant project to be successful, we recommend the following:
- The project leader should be knowledgeable and committed.
- Applicants for Seed Grants should establish a mentoring partnership with a member of Texas Master Naturalists, the Native Plant Society of Texas or some other local environmental organization.
Applications will be considered year round provided there are funds in the Seed Grant program. Improperly submitted applications will not be considered for Seed Grants.
How Are Seed Grants Funded?
Seed Grants are funded by purchases of Native American Seed’s Lady Bird Johnson Legacy Mix, a selection of Central Texas wildflower seeds that was developed in collaboration with the Wildflower Center. A percent of seed sale proceeds goes to the grant program. The annuals and perennials included in the mix are among Mrs. Johnson’s favorites and are well-suited to Central Texas. View a list of the plants included in the mix here.